a. The act of one that makes: the making of a cake; the making of excuses.
b. The process of coming into being: trouble in the making.
2. The means of gaining success or realizing potential: That job will be the making of you.
3. Something that is made, especially a quantity made at one time.
4. often makings The abilities or qualities needed for development: You have the makings of a fine teacher.
a. The material or ingredients needed for making something: all the makings for an apple pie.
b. Informal The paper and tobacco for rolling a cigarette.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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